BY JEFF BORZELLO
FOXSports.com Stud of the Night: If Kemba Walker owned November, then Jimmer Fredette is certainly owning January. Fredette scored 32 points in the first half against Utah on Tuesday, en route to a 47-point night. He came out of the game with 2:40 left, not getting a final opportunity to reach the half-century mark. Fredette hit six 3-pointers, was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line and also dished out six assists.
Dud: Illinois held Penn State to 34.6 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from 3-point range – and still lost. The Fighting Illini had more turnovers than assists and only grabbed four offensive rebounds on their 27 missed shots. Moreover, after a solid defensive possession on the Nittany Lions’ final play, they failed to box out and allowed Andrew Jones a wide-open dunk with one-second left. On the other side, it was the first time Penn State beat ranked teams in consecutive games since 1954.
Mid-Major Stud: Xavier Silas continues to keep pace in the national scoring race, despite Fredette’s recent exploits. The Northern Illinois guard went for 31 points against Eastern Michigan to help lead the Huskies to a win. Silas hit all six of his 3-point attempts and was 11-for-14 from the field. It was the eighth time this season Silas has scored at least 25 points.
Stat of the Night: Coming off the bench for the first time this season due to an illness, Terrence Jones set a Kentucky freshman single-game scoring record by putting up 35 points in an easy win over Auburn. Jones showed off his versatile offensive game, not settling for jumpers and playing aggressively. He also chipped in eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
On Tap: Wednesday features several chances for top-ranked teams to potentially lose on the road. Ohio State faces a Michigan team that took Kansas to overtime; Syracuse plays at a St. John’s team that has been good at home; Duke, which struggled against Maryland, will head to defensive-minded Florida State; and Kansas will play at Iowa State.
In other games, Pittsburgh and Georgetown battle in the Big East, while San Diego State puts its undefeated record on the line against UNLV.